Wirtjo Leonard Paradigm

Last changed 1/12 1:11P MDT

Last Updated for Copper Classic 2018.

Affiliation: Woods Cross High School, Weber State University, Beehive Forensics Institute (University of Utah), Wasatch Debate Institute

TOPLINE


With the exception of things that are listed in the "misc. important things section" everything else is merely a guideline and my personal preferences, i would much rather see a debater(s) go for an argument that they're more comfortable going for and have fun with it than feel pressured to align themselves with things that i prefer to see in debate. Thats not to say don't continue to read the rest of my paradigm, especially if you're a rather versatile debater, but moreso that i'm pretty open.


I believe I have an unique experience as an autistic disabled member of the debate community and I believe that any opening of inclusion in debate is best for activity as a whole. I will do anything and everything in my power to make sure that the round you are involved in with me is a safe and inclusive space. The round MUST be accessible to all, and I think pre-round disclosure is crucial in assuring that happens, particularly when in the context of debates where there is a significant difference in terms of the style of arguments and debate presented. If there is anything I can do during the round to make it more accessible to YOU please let me know.

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Background: I grew up debating in a traditional LD circuit, but gradually became more fond of critical debate, this in no way means that my judging paradigm is more skewed to the progressive debater compared to the traditional one.

Things I like: Voters, clash, impact weighing, topical links, critical arguments, real world application, link turns, really good case debate, being polite. Impacts that don't include nuclear war.

Things I dislike: Really anything that could make the debate space hostile, that would be ablest, racist, sexist, homophobic rhetoric. (Don't further exasperate the social problems that debate attempts to solve.) Failure to signpost, stealing prep time, not articulating the link = impact level. Feel free to ask further questions.

How I view a Debate: I typically default to some form of comparative worlds/cost benefit analysis type of FW unless told otherwise.

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--------------------MISC. Important Things---------------------

  • If you think something runs even the slightest risk of warranting a trigger warning, then for the sake of your partner, opponents, or maybe even me please use a trigger warning.
  • If you use the word "retarded" as equivalence to "stupid" or "bad" expect 20 speaks. - Exception would be as a method to reaffirm one's identity as a crip debater within the debate space.
  • Need to win the link to win the impact
  • Seriously, slow the hell down on the T shell, and slow the hell down on the tags and authors, if i have to say "slow" more than 4 time's i'll probably stop flowing.
  • Really solid analysis over reading 6 different cards all saying the same thing any day of the week.
  • Someone told me I didn't give a single 30 all last year, that's probably true.
  • I flow straight down on an excel sheet. - I very much vote off the flow
  • Dropped arguments are important
  • I try not to be extremely expressive, but I am. Use that to your advantage.
  • Don't make args outside of your social location - I don't want to hear white people read Wilderson.
  • I call for cards probably more often than i should.
  • Both you and I would prefer me paying attention to the arguments you are making, and not having to stop and focus on giving you the right time signals. Please time yourself.
  • As much as I would like to give a 30 minute critique at the end of each round, (there are several obvious reasons as to why i can't do that), therefore i'll spend a good portion of CX writing comments on the ballot or finishing up the flow. I DO NOT FLOW CX, So if there's something super important that came up in CX bring it up in the next speech.
  • CX is binding.

---------------------- Policy ---------------------------

Affs:

  • Really I’m down for whatever, plan text, performance, but don't assume I am going to weigh the impacts of your affirmative out for you.

PTX Affs:

  • Tell me how you solve and emphasize it, weigh the advantages. I feel that a lot of teams get caught up in answering the neg and not utilizing the affirmative as a mechanism to outweigh.

Performance:

  • I am very fond of these arguments
  • I need warrants as to how/what the performance does. Specifically in the debate space/other spaces and what my job as an educator includes if I endorse you/your method with the ballot.
  • Refusing to affirm the resolution in front of me is fine, as long as you warrant out sufficiently why the resolution is problematic. Some form of topical link/semi-topical link is preferred and makes that a lot easier.
  • Exclusionary ROB's may be hard to win in front of me.



Neg Strats:


T:

  • Things such as fairness and education are rarely genuine and I hate the time suck that T is becoming.
  • Theory/Topicality is almost always a question of access to the debate. I’m very skeptical of your ground, limits, education arguments when you’re reading the same shell you’ve read all year in addition to 3 other off-case positions.
  • I find myself often defaulting to T as a question of reasonability when not specifically framed as competing interpretations. If you point out that your Aff is on open-evidence and its the same aff literally everyone is reading (I.E the drones aff from a few years ago) +1 speaks.
  • This doesn’t mean never read T in front of me. I think theory arguments are incredibly important when there is evidence of actual abuse or a discrepancy between access to the debate. Accessibility is almost always automatically a voting issue.

The K:

  • My favorite type of debate - I am familiar with substantial portions of lots of different types of the literature.
  • if you decide to make critical arguments, make sure that you not only slow down, but you explain them clearly and concisely, that will make the round more accessible for everyone involved.
  • Have a good link, don't run the same generic cap link for every aff. Also win the link, i'm not giving you access to other parts of the argument if the link articulation is extremely clear.
  • Links based off of action and behavior in round is something that I am extremely sympathetic to.
  • Historically I have trouble voting for criticisms that lack an above average articulation on the alternative. Tell me EXACTLY what the world of the alt looks like, (no zizek says its a good idea, so what?)
  • Super familiar with: Ableism, Biopolitics, Ecofem
  • Explain it to me like i am 5: Lacan, D&G, Virillo, Heidigger.


CP/DA:

  • Unique, reasonable scenarios > rehashed shells with somewhat recent uniqueness updates.
  • PIC's are cool and easy to win in front of me if you can do a good job on its distinction from the aff.
  • Process/time CP's are pretty abusive in my opinion, but that's your arg to make not mine.


Politics:

  • All I ask is that your politics scenarios are realistic and the Squo/Link level is well articulated.

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Write the ballot for me. Tell me what I should evaluate.

I typically default to some form of comparative worlds/cost benefit analysis type of FW unless told otherwise.

Dropped arguments are the easiest place for me to vote in LD


Theory: I feel that T is becoming an ever increasing important part of debate to maintain opportunity for equal engagement in LD debate particulary in regards to bigger debate schools v smaller debate schools. Theory should also be run as a way to counter proven abuse not probable abuse. In LD i'm totally open and have voted on things such as Condo, 1 AR time skew, those sorts of things. But in general my threshold for theory is not incredibly high, and is viewed moreso as a legitimate way for debaters to gain access to the round.
That doesn’t mean that im going to vote on it by any means, but a round where theory is warranted and not understood how to be executed a conversation will definitely be had as to how to level the playing field in future rounds for debaters who may be disadvantaged.

Condo: I'm pretty sympathetic to the aff when it comes to multiple off-cases. Especially regarding LD. But no matter what event it's probably bogus to have to answer an absurd amount of off cases. I don't care if Congress has multiple options on an issue, aff debaters arrive at a extreme disadvantage even if it is as simple as perm do both to seven different things. This isnt to say don't run any off cases, its simply to say its probably really bad for educational engagement and I’ll be rather annoyed if you read more than 2 + case in an LD round.



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Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
UHSAA 5A State Tournament 3/8/2019 LD R6 AW 319 AY 313 Aff Aff on a 3-0
UHSAA 5A State Tournament 3/8/2019 LD R5 AD 329 AA 309 Aff
UHSAA 5A State Tournament 3/8/2019 PF R4 AJ 201 AT 211 Aff
UHSAA 5A State Tournament 3/8/2019 PF R4 AG 204 AE 200 Neg
UHSAA 5A State Tournament 3/8/2019 CX R3 AX 111 AJ 102 Neg
UHSAA 5A State Tournament 3/8/2019 LD R2 AA 307 AJ 301 Neg
UHSAA 5A State Tournament 3/8/2019 LD R2 AF 321 AH 315 Neg
UHSAA 5A State Tournament 3/8/2019 LD R1 AG 305 AD 330 Neg
UHSAA 5A State Tournament 3/8/2019 LD R1 AJ 320 AG 303 Aff
Marie Clegg Jones Memorial 1/25/2019 LD Double ProHal Pinky Barker SalHil Christian Berg Aff Aff on a 3-0
Marie Clegg Jones Memorial 1/25/2019 LD R5 Taylor Alayna Pinales SpaFor Dallin Smith Neg
Marie Clegg Jones Memorial 1/25/2019 LD R5 Skyrid Jaron Heaps Layton Bryant Saunders Aff
Marie Clegg Jones Memorial 1/25/2019 LD R4 SalHil Brennan Beddoes Cyprus Jacob Best Aff
Marie Clegg Jones Memorial 1/25/2019 LD R4 ParCit Zach Primo Cyprus Sam Elliss Aff
Copper Classic 1/18/2019 OLD Double Davis SS Waterford GR Neg Aff on a 2-1
Copper Classic 1/18/2019 OLD R6 SLC West HZ Hunter RP Neg
Copper Classic 1/18/2019 OLD R6 SLC West LP Skyline MH Aff
Copper Classic 1/18/2019 OLD R5 Logan GS Mountain Crest AC Aff
Copper Classic 1/18/2019 OLD R4 Tooele BW Bonneville JL Neg
Copper Classic 1/18/2019 OLD R4 Green Canyon SB Rowland Hall CB Aff
Copper Classic 1/18/2019 OLD R3 Park City CM Ridgeline JW Aff
Copper Classic 1/18/2019 OLD R3 Hunter DT Salem Hills JS Aff
Copper Classic 1/18/2019 OLD R1 SLC West JG Park City LM Aff
Copper Classic 1/18/2019 OLD R1 Summit OK Ridgeline AG Aff
Utah Speech Arts 11/9/2018 JVLD R7 Layton LM Davis JS Neg Neg on a 2-1
Utah Speech Arts 11/9/2018 JVLD R6 Green Canyon BW Layton LM Neg Neg on a 2-1
Utah Speech Arts 11/9/2018 VLD R5 SLC West JZ Sky View SM Neg
Utah Speech Arts 11/9/2018 VLD R5 Skyridge BC Copper Hills AT Neg
Utah Speech Arts 11/9/2018 NLD R4 Copper Hills CS SLC West AD Neg
Utah Speech Arts 11/9/2018 NLD R4 Layton BS Hunter AR Aff
2018 UHSAA 5A State Tournament 3/9/2018 CX R3 108 104 Neg
2018 UHSAA 5A State Tournament 3/9/2018 CX R2 110 101 Neg
2018 UHSAA 5A State Tournament 3/9/2018 CX R1 103 107 Aff
Davis Dart 2/2/2018 CX R3 AP 301 AC 304 Aff
Davis Dart 2/2/2018 CX R1 AP 300 BG 305 Aff
Copper Classic 1/12/2018 OLD Semis Layton MM Davis PC Aff Neg on a 2-1
Copper Classic 1/12/2018 OLD Octos Park City HS AO Salem Hills ML Neg Neg on a 3-0
Copper Classic 1/12/2018 OLD Octos SLC West LP Hillcrest MS Neg Neg on a 2-1
Copper Classic 1/12/2018 OLD R5 Green Canyon RI Davis SW Aff
Copper Classic 1/12/2018 OLD R4 Park City HS TS Rowland Hall LA Neg
Copper Classic 1/12/2018 OLD R4 Park City HS AO Hunter KB Aff
Copper Classic 1/12/2018 OLD R3 Salem Hills JT Davis JS Aff
Copper Classic 1/12/2018 OLD R2 Green Canyon JB Tooele SF Aff
Copper Classic 1/12/2018 OLD R2 Corner Canyon VJ Hillcrest LH Neg
Copper Classic 1/12/2018 OLD R1 Rowland Hall RA American Leadership KR Aff
Beehive Bonanza 10/6/2017 OCX Quarte Rowland Hall-St Mark AG Logan JS Aff Aff on a 3-0
Beehive Bonanza 10/6/2017 NCX R3 Bright Mercurio & Mcgarrity GreCan Helquist & Hardy Aff
Beehive Bonanza 10/6/2017 OCX R2 Salt Lake City West OH Copper Hills PN Aff
Beehive Bonanza 10/6/2017 NLD Round Grants Mykaylla Darrow VieVik Emma Walker Aff
Beehive Bonanza 10/6/2017 OCX R1 Rowland Hall-St Mark AG Skyline TF Aff
Beehive Bonanza 10/6/2017 NCX R1 Summit Roundy & Bryant Davis Garlick & Hayden Neg
4A Utah State Tournament 3/10/2017 LD R7 336 320 Aff Aff on a 2-1
4A Utah State Tournament 3/10/2017 LD R5 303 305 Neg
4A Utah State Tournament 3/10/2017 LD R4 307 324 Aff
4A Utah State Tournament 3/10/2017 LD R3 312 323 Neg
4A Utah State Tournament 3/10/2017 LD R2 339 317 Neg
4A Utah State Tournament 3/10/2017 LD R1 326 300 Neg
Marie Clegg Jones Memorial 1/27/2017 LD Quarte SAHS Cole Neiderman SHHS Seth Christensen Neg Aff on a 2-1
Marie Clegg Jones Memorial 1/27/2017 LD R5 HHS Sierra Schippers DHS Prince Chadha Aff
Marie Clegg Jones Memorial 1/27/2017 LD R5 GrHS Amy Richards CyHS Ana Franco Neg
Marie Clegg Jones Memorial 1/27/2017 LD R1 MoHS Landon Weidner HiHS Emily Langie Neg
Marie Clegg Jones Memorial 1/27/2017 LD R1 SFHS Griffin Cox HHS Cameron Celeste Aff
Copper Classic 1/12/2017 OLD Quarte Park City HS Debate AK Sky View JK Neg Neg on a 3-0
Copper Classic 1/12/2017 NLD R3 West Emil Welker Herrim Makayla Patrick Neg
Copper Classic 1/12/2017 OLD R2 Copper Hills MT Summit Academy CN Neg
Copper Classic 1/12/2017 NLD R1 Juab Sadie Asbridge Logan Genesis Wardle Aff
Copper Classic 1/12/2017 NLD R1 RowHal Ria Agarwal Northr Kayley Drew Aff
Alta Silver and Black 12/1/2016 LD R5 Presentation AA San Marino VL Aff
Alta Silver and Black 12/1/2016 LD R5 Del Mar/Torrey Pines HS Independent FK Immaculate Heart LM Aff
Alta Silver and Black 12/1/2016 LD R4 Loyola HFr Hunter AD Neg
Alta Silver and Black 12/1/2016 LD R4 Loyola DWi Salem Hills AT Aff
Alta Silver and Black 12/1/2016 LD R2 Bishop Kelly EN Centennial SB Aff
Alta Silver and Black 12/1/2016 LD R2 Skyline AF Loyola JN Neg
Alta Silver and Black 12/1/2016 LD R1 Sky View RW Salem Hills ML Neg
Alta Silver and Black 12/1/2016 LD R1 Bingham BL Salem Hills SC Neg
Beehive Bonanza 10/9/2015 OCX Round Highland BM Logan AT Neg
Beehive Bonanza 10/9/2015 OCX Round Alta Debate ZP Rowland Hall-St. Mark's SD Neg
Beehive Bonanza 10/9/2015 OCX Round Logan SC Brighton RO Aff
Beehive Bonanza 10/9/2015 NCX Round Skyline SD Sky View RL Neg
Beehive Bonanza 10/9/2015 OCX Round Sky View WS Skyline DZ Aff
Copper Classic 1/16/2015 OCX R4 Skyline high ZD Hillcrest RH Aff
Copper Classic 1/16/2015 OCX R2 Juan Diego Catholic BL Brighton OA Aff
Copper Classic 1/16/2015 OCX R1 Juan Diego Catholic DM Hillcrest MS Aff
Weber State Debate Institute Camp Tournament 7/24/2014 LD Semi F Kierkegaardashian CW Kierkegaardashian AP Aff Neg on a 2-1
Weber State Debate Institute Camp Tournament 7/24/2014 LD Semi F Kierkegaardashian SU Kierkegaardashian CS Aff Aff on a 3-0
Weber State Debate Institute Camp Tournament 7/24/2014 LD Quarte Kierkegaardashian SU Kierkegaardashian DB Aff Aff on a 3-0
Weber State Debate Institute Camp Tournament 7/24/2014 LD Quarte Kierkegaardashian AP Kierkegaardashian MB Aff Aff on a 2-1
Weber State Debate Institute Camp Tournament 7/24/2014 PF R5 Purple HJ Purple Wh Aff
Weber State Debate Institute Camp Tournament 7/24/2014 PF R5 Purple WH Purple HM Aff
Weber State Debate Institute Camp Tournament 7/24/2014 LD R4 Kierkegaardashian QZ Kierkegaardashian NK Aff
Weber State Debate Institute Camp Tournament 7/24/2014 LD R3 Kierkegaardashian CB Kierkegaardashian JW Aff
Weber State Debate Institute Camp Tournament 7/24/2014 LD R2 Kierkegaardashian MB Kierkegaardashian SU Aff
Weber State Debate Institute Camp Tournament 7/24/2014 LD R1 Kierkegaardashian DB Kierkegaardashian LG Aff